The first NSW beneficiaries of Woolworths Organic Growth Fund, agtech group Green Camel, is looking to expand its capabilities with its $250,000 grant.
The grant will enable the group to grow organic blueberries and raspberries in protected cropping areas using their unique technologies, whilst also building upon their production capabilities.
Woolworths $30 million Organic Growth Fund aims to aid Australian organic farmers; uplifting production to meet the growing demand for organic produce.
Founder and Chairman of Green Camel, Adam Steel, commented: “In an environment where water is becoming an increasingly precious commodity, our farming model is thriving.
“We use our water reservoirs to grow fish, and every single drop used in aquaculture is then used to grow crops. It means every drop of water and every joule of sunshine is accountable.
“We are striving to deliver consistent organic produce within an industry that has traditionally been subject to substantial production variability.
“We are grateful to Woolies for their support and look forward to meeting the evolving demands of consumers seeking highly quality, organic produce at a good price.”
Woolworths has witnessed a 20% increase in the demand for organic produce annually over a 5 year period.
Paul Turner, Woolworths Head of Produce, added: “We’re seeing incredible growth in customer demand for organic fruit and vegetables, and the trend is only set to continue in the years ahead.
“We’re delighted to be working with local organic farmers like Green Camel to build the capacity that will allow us to meet the growing demand for organic produce.
“Green Camel has invested in a highly sustainable and innovative system to grow organic tomatoes and leafy greens, and it’s fantastic to see them expand into berry production. We’re excited to see what this Organic Growth Fund grant will unlock for Green Camel and our mutual customers.”
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Read more about the Woolworths Organic Growth Fund here.